How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year brings so much excitement – cute trick-or-treaters, friends together around Thanksgiving tables, and the delight of the holidays. But with the wonderful comes the terrible. The cold weather and bitter temperatures can cause a whole mess of plumbing problems. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a few preventative measures to help you lower your chance of facing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem for Roanoke. This typically happens when high water pressure from the main water pipe unites with freezing temperatures. To help keep this plumbing problem from happening to you, leave a faucet slightly open to allow water to continually flow through. If you do realize you have a frozen pipe, shut off the main water supply to stop the pipe from rupturing. Try thawing the frozen area of the pipe with warm water and if that fails, give Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our qualified plumbers out to look at the problem.

Broken Water Line

An opening or break in your water line could cause serious damage to your home. Water line cracks or breaks are usually a result of a frozen garden hose. If you forget to disconnect your hose from your water spout following a freeze, the ice inside can cause pressure to build up in your home’s water pipes and create a leak or a break. To prevent this problem, make sure your garden hoses are drained and disconnected prior to freezing temperatures.

Failing Hot Water Systems

If your hot water heater is not working as well as expected, check the temperature and make sure it is set high enough. If you use a gas water heater, ensure the pilot light is still lit. If everything is set correctly and lit properly, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out an expert plumber to find out what’s going on. To prevent this trouble altogether, be sure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s best if you service it well before winter begins. Call 540-302-8645 to ensure you don’t get left with cold water this winter.

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